When should or shouldn't I use a horn?
Car Horns and Defensive DrivingThe use of car horns is governed by commonsense rather than actual legislation. With driver safety in mind, you'll find many DMV driver manuals recommend using a car horn in the following situations:
- To alert a bicyclist who appears ready to stray into your lane.
- To alert a pedestrian who looks ready to walk or run into the street.
- When the car you're passing begins to drift into your lane.
- To establish eye contact with other drivers.
- On narrow mountain roads with limited visibility due to curves or hills.
- When emerging from narrow alleys.
- To avoid an accident.
- To alert the other vehicle's around you after you've lost control of your car.
Depending of the severity of the situation, choose between either a light tap or an all-out horn blast.Conversely, horn use is not recommended for the following situations:
- If the driver in front of you is driving too slow for your liking.
- To express anger towards another driver.
- When passing bicyclists.
- When approaching horses.
- In the presence of blind pedestrians.
- To greet friends.
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